Matt was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe until he was 14. Matt had the typical future-IDer upbringing of constantly sketching and taking things apart...disposing of the evidence whenever he was not able to put it back together. Notably, his first attempt at trying to score freelance work was at the tender age of 8 when Matt convinced his parents to send some of his sketches to Nike's headquarters some 10,000 miles away. To Choto's surprise, he received a letter some months later thanking him.
Choto discovered Core77 the 3rd year into his degree in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and after spending months poring over hundreds of posts and becoming more and more enamored with design, Matt committed to going back to school for design once he graduated in 2008. It was those first eye-opening and constructive interactions with other designers and design students on the Core boards that gave Matt the confidence to forget about his plans for law school and jump wholeheartedly into design.
Matt is now about to embark on his last semester at DAAP and has started working on his thesis (he will be documenting it on the boards, of course) which will center around "Indie Capitalism" and the ways designers can leverage new technologies and distribution channels to get their designs in the world.
Matt, thank you for taking the time to join our forum moderator team! We are glad to have you.
Also, a big thank you to our volunteer moderator team: Richard Kuchinsky, Jon Winebrenner, Raymond Jepson, Justin Coble, Chris Haar, Tim Fletcher, Warren Ginn, and Lew Morris!